PIANO CONCERTS FROM THE MOST PROLIFIC PERIOD OF SERGEI RACHMANINOFF
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), also known as “the late Romantic composer”, composed and created his music almost up to the half of the twentieth century. Contrary to the interests of his contemporaries who strived to change the formal frameworks of their compositions, he remained loyal to traditional formal patterns which he upgraded using novel solutions. He composed four concerts for piano and orchestra. This paper analyses two of them: Concert no. 2 op. 18 (composed in 1901) and Concert no. 3 op. 30 (composed in 1909). The reason for such a choice lies in the fact that they were composed in the same and most prolific period of creation of this composer, whereas Concert no. 1 op.1 (1891) and Concert no. 4 op.40 (1926.) were composed at the very beginning of this prolific period and after it, respectively. This paper attempts to show to which extent these two concert are mutually interconnected, regarding their formal, structural and thematic characteristics.
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